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The eSurge workshop “Towards a Near Real Time Storm Surge Core Service” - an inside look

Enrico Duo, member of RISC-KIT's consortium through CFR, participated to the workshop, held in Deltares, Delft, between the 20th and 21st of January and provided a short overview.



Enrico Duo, a young RISC-KIT researcher from CFR, participated to the workshop "Towards a Near Real Time Storm Surge Core Service" organised by the eSurge project and held in Deltares, Delft, at the end of last January (20-21/01/2015). He provided as with his view of eSurges project, the workshop and interconnections with RISC-KIT's work:


"The eSurge project's main aim is to spread the knowledge about the use of satellite data for application in storm surge modelling for forecasting. The focal point is the opportunity to use wind, waves and total water level satellite data for near real time use, as input and/or observed data for validation and forecasting correction and decision support purposes. Moreover, the project aims to build a consistent and numerous eSurge community which will include researchers, forecasters and (some) end-users. 


The great piece of work presented at the workshop was related to the modelling applications at the different case studies, the high-tech methodologies used by the project, the focus on the forecasters' needs and the international network the project built. The aforementioned were really useful in understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the modelling activities when their results have to be used for emergency alerts and public disseminations, as well as for the development of DRR.


At the workshop, the topic of a supranational approach for global/regional forecasting and EWS was discussed within people from national forecasting services and supranational institutes. The national institutes, which main aim is to provide good and reliable national forecasting, could not see the importance of such approaches, but rather prefer nationally based approaches, to the contrary of the opinion of the representatives of supranational institutes. On that matter I had also the opportunity to discuss with Alessandro Annunziato, from JRC, which gave a presentation about the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System - GDACS. I had the opportunity to introduce him to our work in RISC-KIT and he was interested on the project's approach to provide supranational guidelines to apply at national, regional and local scales."